Changes that will affect Canadian international students
February 17, 2022
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According to a January 18, 2022 Statistics Canada study, the number of international students participating in the PGWPP (Postgraduate Work Permit Program) has increased significantly. Overall, about 127,000 graduates received these permits in 2020, which is almost double the number from 2016. This indicates that immigrant students constitute a significant share of the Canadian labor market. Under the terms of the PGWPP program, graduates can work full- or part-time and be self-employed.
PGWPP was launched in selected regions of Canada in 2003, and two years later the program was launched across the country. Since it can be difficult to obtain another type of work permit in the country, the program is a suitable way to immigrate for work experience and permanent residence. Participants subsequently become eligible for permanent residence.
If a student is unsure about remaining in Canada after graduation, they should apply for a work permit under this program within 180 days of receiving their diploma. You do not have to reside in the country permanently to keep your permit.
New rules for obtaining a permit for the students from visa-free countries
On January 21, 2022, the local government released new guidelines on how to apply for a study permit for applicants from countries that have a visa-free agreement with Canada. The updates apply when applicants are from their country of origin. The instructions say that you can change the designated school (DLI) prior to applying for a study permit or while the application is still pending. In order to do this, the holder of a valid visa or electronic authorization (eTA) must send a new letter of acceptance.
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